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New archaeological find indicates 'Cold war' in the Maya empire some 1,500 years ago

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 24/07/2015 | 20:04

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Fragments of an ancient stone monument have revealed new insights on a 'Cold War' in the ancient Maya Empire.

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The Maya civilization developed in an area that encompasses south eastern Mexico, all of Guatemala and Belize  and the western portions of Honduras and El Salvador

The stunning and discovery in Guatemala has provided researchers with important new information on the fierce rivalry between two Maya superpowers that raged during the apex of the empire some 1500 years ago.

Warfare was prevalent in the Maya world.

Military campaigns were launched for a variety of reasons, including the control of trade routes and tribute, raids to take captives, scaling up to the complete destruction of an enemy state.

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